STORY: Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–filled with family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes’ shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
REVIEW: Cane Run, Kentucky – 1850
Rowena (Wren) Ballentyne has spent her life in Kentucky with her father, Ansel. Her mother passed away leaving both bereft. Ansel is a master at making musical instruments and Rowena is following in his footsteps. Her talent at playing the fiddle by ear is unsurpassed. When Ansel tells Wren that they will be journeying to his father grand home in Pennsylvania, Wren is torn about leaving her home but is interested in meeting more of her father’s family.
The trip is made via a steamship owned by the Ballentyne shipping line and piloted by James Sackett who has been with the Ballentyne family for many years. James is a handsome man but is involved with the underground world of helping slaves flee to a free area. For this, he is a marked man by some of the slave owners.
During the trip, Wren and James get to know one another and James feels sorry for Wren knowing that with her naïvety, she may have a hard time adjusting to the different society she will be entering. This is exactly what happens. While the homes of the large Ballentyne family are large and most everyone is kind and welcoming, there are one or two intent on making life difficult for Wren. She is measured for new dresses and taught manners and how to dance as she prepares to be introduced to society.
Wren makes friends and loves her family members. But when her aunt tries to pair her up with an arrogant man, she is upset because she knows her heart truly belongs to another.
Welcome to a time period of large families, beautiful homes, and money. I enjoyed this novel but wish I had read the first two books in this series before this one. However, the novel is so good that it can stand alone.
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